Letter from the President

Contact: Philip Elswick



Welcome to the Summit Engineering INC website. If you are considering engineering, architectural, or surveying consulting firm, I would like to tell you a few things about our company and what I believe set us apart from the other firms you could consider. “Personal approach with Powerful results,” it’s a statement about who we are and how we work.  In so many ways, I am proud of what we have built and continue to build.

In the last 35 years, the Summit family has built a reputation for having a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to building the best engineering consulting firm found in the Appalachian Region.

Summit Engineering has always maintained a philosophy that people matter just as much as the results. Our company is comprised of engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, hydrologists, architects, survey crews, resident inspectors, funding specialists, and support staff who care about each client and each project. We know that in business between companies, it’s the people working together that make the difference; thus relationships are at the heart of everything we do. Strong relationships lead to better results.

We also believe that project designs and deliverables should be relevant to what you need, not what we want. Relevant and prudent are two words that describe our approach to our work, which we think leads to “client” focused and cost-effective results for you. With a high percentage of repeat clients, we believe it’s an approach that’s proven and effective.

To our current client, we say “Thank You” for your business. To our future clients, I encourage you to browse through this site and allow us to assist you with your latest engineering, architectural, or survey challenges.

If you have a question, comment or suggestion about a way to improve our business on any level, please contact me directly.



Philip R. Elswick, P.E.


Summit Engineering, Inc.


Confronting Challenges, Engineering Solutions

With five offices in Kentucky and West Virginia, Summit Engineering serves the Appalachian Coal Fields and the Eastern U.S. with a respected portfolio of professional engineering and environmental services. With more than 33 years of regional project expertise, Summit Engineering has the resources to provide engineering solutions beyond the 21st century. Summit has grown to cover:



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Summit Engineering History

Founded in 1977, Summit Engineering, Inc. has rapidly expanded to meet the growing civil, architectural, mining engineering and environmental engineering needs of Kentucky, western Virginia and West Virginia. Summit’s first office, located in Pikeville, Kentucky, now serves as its Corporate Headquarters. The company opened its second office in 1980 which is now located in Big Rock, VA. In 1981, Summit’s Civil Engineering Design Headquarters opened in Lexington, KY. A fourth branch opened in 1985 in Chapmanville, West Virginia, which was consolidated with the Charleston office in September 2011.. Summit Architectural Services was created in April 1995 and operates out of the Pikeville office. Our second West Virginia office was opened in Charleston in 1996. Summit’s sixth office opened in Hazard, Kentucky in 1998. In February 2008, Summit opened its third West Virginia office in Bridgeport, West Virginia. In 2013, the Wise, VA and Hazard office were closed and a new office was located in Henderson, KY. The Big Rock, VA closed its doors in mid 2014.

Today, Summit Enginineering has 4 locations: Pikeville, KY; Henderson, KY; Lexington, KY; Charleston, WV.